Backing up your digital photos.
While printed albums from reputable suppliers are normally very durable, digital files on a small USB can be a whole lot easier to lose. I don’t take digital files for granted as I have been working with both digital image files as well as design files for the best part of 20 years. Even with a backup regime in place I have still lost files on a couple of rare occasions. Hard drives can be corrupted for no reason at all or in my case as a result of a table collapsing to the floor. The lesson from all of this is to make solid backups and to make them often.
The first thing that you should do with your USB or digital download is to make a copy to another hard drive or upload it to cloud storage such as iCloud or Dropbox. You should really backup all your important data and not just your photo files.
There is a saying that you do not have a backup until you have three copies! It sounds extreme but what value can you put on the possibility of losing your precious memories. I normally keep a wedding collection for at least a year but after a while I will clear the decks as it doesn’t take long to fill 10 Terabytes when shooting a load of weddings.
Remember that you are responsible for your own photos after they have been delivered. Keep them backed up and keep them safe.
Making prints from your digital files.
I can look after your printing but there are plenty of choices for you to make your own prints as well. I would encourage you to make your own if you are trying to keep the costs down and don’t mind a slight hit on the quality.
If you want Fine Art Paper prints (Satin or Cotton Rag papers) then I would need to handle this for you.
Quality can differ substantially and there will be some trial and error but online labs such as Photobox or Snapfish will have options to auto enhance which may make your photos brighter or sharper. All of my images are optimised so these options would actually degrade the image quality. If you have a local photo lab with knowledgable staff then go there and ask their advice.
Which files should you print?
My digital packages always include two folders, one named WEB and one named PRINT. You should always use the print folder when making prints as the files are much larger and will therefore produce sharp prints. Conversely the web images will be much smaller and therefore will be quicker to upload to Facebook or Flickr should you want to share them with your friends and family.